Cre­mer left won­der­ing af­ter poor bat­ting

The Cricket Paper - - INTERNATIONAL CRICKET - By Joshua Peck

ZIM­BABWE cap­tain Graeme Cre­mer rued his side’s bat­ting fail­ure af­ter West Indies com­pleted a 117-run win in the first Test.

The hosts were 91-1 in the first in­nings be­fore col­laps­ing to 159 all out, and crum­bled again in sim­i­lar fash­ion on the fourth day when chas­ing a huge 434 to win.

But it was the lapses on day two, where it al­lowed the Windies a 60run first in­nings lead, that Cre­mer was most dis­ap­pointed with.

Cre­mer said: “I thought on day one we were ex­cel­lent with the ball and in the field.We had a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity there to go and put some runs on the board and put them un­der pres­sure, but we had too many soft dis­missals on day two.

“For me it comes down to that first in­nings. Even if we had got 250, in their sec­ond in­nings they would have been un­der a bit more pres­sure.”

The tourists piled up a lead thanks to 86 from Kraigg Brath­waite and Ros­ton Chase’s 95. Deven­dra Bishoo then chipped in with 4-105 as Zim­babwe went from 246-5 to 316 all out. Bishoo ended with 9 for 184 in the match with Bren­dan Tay­lor, in his come­back Test match, top­scor­ing with 73 in Zim­babwe’s sec­ond in­nings.

Cre­mer added: “It makes it eas­ier when you are play­ing a lot more Test cricket, be­cause you learn how to play dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions and you re­alise how much time there is in the game. I thought West Indies did it re­ally well in the sec­ond in­nings - they slowed the whole game down and never looked rushed.”

“It’s some­thing we need to learn to do a bit more, in those pe­ri­ods that are tough just soak up the pres­sure. Then the opposition search for wick­ets and you get to score. The more we play I’m sure we’ll get bet­ter at that.”

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DEVEN­DRA BISHOO – West Indies: Nine wick­ets in the match as Zim­babwe col­lapsed in both in­nings

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